Paul Tuthill

Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston.  He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester.  Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011.  Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.

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New England News
12:48 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Catholic High Schools Merger Moving Forward

Cathedral High School in Springfield, MA was hit by a tornado on June 1,2011.
Credit Catholic Communications, Diocese of Springfield

Multiple sites are being considered for the location of a new regional Catholic high school in western Massachusetts.  The new school will result from the merger of 130-year-old Cathedral High School and Holyoke Catholic High School.

      Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski said in the two weeks since he announced the proposed merger he has met separately with the student bodies of both schools and started to assemble a group of advisors to work out the merger details. 

  " We are moving along quickly on that," said Rozanski.

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New England News
7:50 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Bishop Says High School Site Selection Before Summer Is His Goal

Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski
Credit WAMC

Multiple sites are being considered for a new regional Catholic high school in western Massachusetts.

    Two weeks after announcing the proposed merger of Springfield’s Cathedral and Holyoke Catholic high schools, Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski said planning for a new school is moving quickly. A task force is being assembled to work out the merger details and pick a location to build the new high school.

    " I am hoping that within the next one-and-a-half to two months we will have announced  a place where the school will be built," said Rozanski.

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New England News
6:28 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Annual Catholic Appeal Over A Third Of The Way To Goal

Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski promotes the 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal at the Montague Catholic Social Ministries in Turners Falls.
Credit WAMC

The Bishop of the Springfield Diocese was in rural Franklin County today to promote an annual charitable appeal to western Massachusetts Catholics.   He announced the fundraising is already off to a good start.  

Bishop Mitchell Rozanski visited the family center of Montague Catholic Social Ministries in Turners Falls during a children’s playtime Monday morning.  It is one of more than 40 community-based services and agencies that are financially supported by the Annual Catholic Appeal.

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New England News
6:06 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Local District Attorney Leads White Ribbon Campaign

Northwestern MA. District Attorney Dave Sullivan

A western Massachusetts district attorney is leading an effort to stop violence against women.

   Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan is co-chair of the 2015 White Ribbon Campaign. It encourages people take a pledge to end violence against women and wear a white ribbon as a symbol of the commitment.  Sullivan said he is particular pleased with the response to the campaign in local high schools.

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New England News
12:48 pm
Sun March 8, 2015

Baker Administration Backs Innovation Districts

Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash

Innovation districts are all the rage as cities, both large and small, try to lure entrepreneurs and start- up companies.  Holyoke, Massachusetts has built its innovation district around the Green High Performance Computing Center.   Popular Mechanics magazine recently ranked Holyoke as one of the top cities in the country for start-ups.   The Baker administration’s Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash attended the Holyoke Innovation District’s 3rd annual meeting this week.

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New England News
6:00 am
Sat March 7, 2015

Change Clocks, Check Smoke Alarms Fire Officials Advise

With the change to Daylight Savings Time this weekend, public safety officials are urging people to take steps to avoid fire deaths.

  Westfield, Massachusetts Fire Chief Mary Regan urged people when they change the time on their clocks this weekend to change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

  "Smoke detectors are only going to work if they have the batteries to operate, and what we are finding is a lot of the fires we are going into there are not working smoke alarms," said Regan.

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New England News
6:13 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Fire Chiefs Lobby For Sprinkler Law

The Western Massachusetts Fire Chiefs Association staged a side-by-side demonstration to show the effectiveness of automatic sprinklers in a home.
Credit WAMC

Fire chiefs from western Massachusetts hosted state legislators and municipal officials at a breakfast this morning to lobby for a fire safety bill.

The gathering was highlighted by a dramatic demonstration in the parking lot of the Log Cabin and Banquet House in Holyoke, where fires were started in two identical rooms.  One fire raged out of control and destroyed a sofa, table, and TV set.

The second fire was extinguished quickly by a water sprinkler that activated automatically.

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New England News
7:01 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Chief Massachusetts Casino Regulator Confident In Revenue Estimates

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby

The top gaming industry regulator in Massachusetts is standing firm on casino revenue estimates.

  Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby sees no need to revise gambling revenue projections in the face of declining profitability at the Connecticut casinos, where revenue has declined 39 percent over the last eight years.

  " We are part of the new competition. We might cause a problem for them ( the Connecticut casinos)," Crosby told reporters in Springfield Thursday.  

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New England News
4:54 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

MGM Sets March 24th Groundbreaking For Springfield Casino

The old Zanetti School, damaged in the June 1, 2011 tornado will be the first building demolished to make way for construction of the MGM casino in Springfield
Credit WAMC

Officials with MGM Resorts have outlined a construction schedule for the $800 million resort casino in downtown Springfield. 

     Speaking at a meeting of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in Springfield Thursday, MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis said a groundbreaking will take place March 24th.  In the next six months 19 buildings will be demolished and other work done to prepare the site for the construction of a parking garage, a hotel, and casino.

    " This is where we go from promises made to promises kept, and executing the project," said Mathis.

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New England News
3:49 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Western Mass. Hospitals In Merger Talks

Credit WAMC

One of the few remaining community hospitals in western Massachusetts is in merger talks with the region’s largest hospital network.

              Officials at Noble Hospital in Westfield and Baystate Health Systems are working out details to seek regulatory approval for the 96-bed community hospital to join the much larger network of hospitals and physician practices.  Westfield State Senator Don Humason believes the merger will preserve access to health care.

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